Conference programme

THURSDAY, 5 MAY

09.30–09.50

WELCOME TO MATCHPOINTS 2022

Per Kirkeby Auditorium

Brian Bech Nielsen
Rector at Aarhus University

Anette Poulsen 
Deputy Mayor, City of Aarhus

Troels Staehelin Jensen
Professor, Aarhus University and Head of the conference organizing committee

Jacob Rosenkrands
Journalist, Danish Broadcasting Corporation and Moderator of MatchPoints 2022


09.50–10.50

OPENING SESSION WITH MODERATOR, JOURNALIST JACOB ROSENKRANDS AND BRAIN SCIENTIST AND TV-HOST PETER LUND MADSEN

Per Kirkeby Auditorium

Enjoy journalist Jacob Rosenkrands in lively discussion with doctor Peter Lund Madsen, DMSc, as they discuss facts about the brain and the fascination with brain research. Their discussion will also address the value of interdisciplinary research and the breadth of brain research today – as well as offering suggestions for forthcoming ‘moon landings’ in the field.

Peter Lund Madsen
Brain scientist    
Why is the Brain so Fascinating?

Jacob Rosenkrands
Journalist, Danish Broadcasting Corporation and Moderator of MatchPoints 2022


10.50–11.45

KEYNOTE LECTURE

Per Kirkeby Auditorium

Ed Boyden
Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA    
Tools for Analyzing and Repairing the Brain


11.45–13.15

LUNCH

Samfundsfagenes Kantine

LUNCH: Meet the Professor

with Ed Boyden and Lisa Feldman Barrett
Requires separate registration
See locations here


13.15–14.45

WORKSHOPS

The Molecular Brain

Merethe Barker Auditorium

Visualisation of the Brain
 

The Plastic Brain

Jeppe Vontillius Auditorium

Placebo Responses
 

The Emotional Brain

Samfundsmedicinsk Auditorium

The Creative Brain
 

The Diseased Brain


14.45–15.20

COFFEE AND NETWORK

Meet, greet and coffee with patient associations, research groups and Aarhus University Press


15.20–16.50

WORKSHOPS

The Molecular Brain

Merethe Barker Auditorium

Building and Rebuilding the Brain
 

The Plastic Brain

Jeppe Vontillius Auditorium

Interfacing the Human Brain to the World

The Emotional Brain

Samfundsmedicinsk Auditorium

Pleasure and Lack of Pleasure
 

The Diseased Brain


16.50–17.00

SHORT BREAK AND TRANSFER TO KEYNOTE LECTURE


17.00–17.50

KEYNOTE LECTURE

Per Kirkeby Auditorium

Lisa Feldman Barrett
University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, USA    
Through the Looking-Glass: Using the Neuroscience of Emotion to Understand Basic Brain Functions


18.00

BUS TRANSFER TO HERMANS IN TIVOLI FRIHEDEN


18.30–22.15

Music for the Brain

Evening Event at Hermans, Tivoli Friheden


18.30: Arrival, networking and refreshments 

19.30: Concert with Peter Vuust trio feat. Cæcilie Nordby

20.00: Dinner and background jazz by Vuust trio

22.15: End of evening. Conference bus leaves for downtown Aarhus and hotels (for registered participants only). The bus stops at Radisson BLU hotel (with an easy walk to Cabinn and Aarhus Scandic City hotels).


FRIDAY, 6 MAY

09.00–09.55

VIRTUAL KEYNOTE LECTURE

Per Kirkeby Auditorium

Lara Boyd
Professor of Neuroscience and Rehabilitation, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada    
After this Talk Your Brain Will Not Be the Same: How Do We Learn, Forget and Relearn?


09.55–10.30

COFFEE AND NETWORK

Meet, greet and coffee with patient associations, research groups and Aarhus University Press


10.30–12.00

WORKSHOPS

The Molecular Brain

Samfundsmedicinsk Auditorium

Coupling Molecule to Disease

The Plastic Brain

Jeppe Vontillius Auditorium

Neuroplasticity in Pain

The Emotional Brain

Merethe Barker Auditorium

The Neurochemistry of Emotions

The Diseased Brain

Bartholin Auditorium

Can You Work Your Brain Younger?


12.00–13.15

LUNCH

Samfundsfagenes Kantine

LUNCH: Meet the Professor

with Jonathan Rosand
Requires separate registration
See locations here


13.15–14.45

WORKSHOPS

The Molecular Brain

Samfundsmedicinsk Auditorium

Coupling Molecules to Memory Function

The Plastic Brain

Jeppe Vontillius Auditorium

Learning and Neuroplasticity
 

The Emotional Brain

Merethe Barker Auditorium

From Fruitflies to Human
 

The Diseased Brain


14.45–15.30

COFFEE AND NETWORK

Meet, greet and coffee with patient associations, research groups and Aarhus University Press


15.30–16.25

KEYNOTE LECTURE

Per Kirkeby Auditorium

Jonathan Rosand
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA    
Restoring and Preserving Brain Health


16.25–16.35

SHORT BREAK


16.35–17.25

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: ADAPTIVE AND MALADAPTIVE NEUROPLASTICITY

Per Kirkeby Auditorium

Neuroplasticity is the ability of neurons and neural networks in the brain to form new connections and to change the wiring of brain circuits. This happens constantly and is responsible for how we behave in response to new information. Neuroplasticity can be adaptive; for example, it can help restore lost functions following brain damage. On the other hand, neuroplasticity can also be maladaptive, e.g., if it is the result of stress-induced anxiety, withdrawal or substance abuse. In this Roundtable discussion, three of our keynote speakers will give their views on adaptive and maladaptive neuroplasticity in a session moderated by DR Journalist Jacob Rosenkrands.
 

Lisa Feldman Barrett 
University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University, USA

Jonathan Rosand
Professor of Neurology, Harvard University, USA

Ed Boyden 
Y. Eva Tan Professor in Neurotechnology, Massaschussets Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Moderator: Jacob Rosenkrands 
Danish Broadcasting Corporation


17.40

BUS TRANSFER TO CENTRALVÆRKSTEDET


18.00–22.30

Meals & Magic

Evening Event at Centralværkstedet


18.00: Arrival and refreshments

19.00: Dinner Pitch by Tobias Wang, Professor of Zoophysiology, Aarhus Unviersity

19.30: Starter and Main Course

21:00: Magician Jan Hellesøe

21:30: Dessert and coffee

22.30: End of evening


SATURDAY, 7 MAY

10.00–17.00

PUBLIC EVENT: Hjernen gennem 100.000 år


On the third day of MatchPoints 2022, Moesgaard Museum will be an epicenter of neuroscience for the entire family with brain scientist and TV-host Peter Lund Madsen guiding the audience through a day called "Hjernen gennem 100.000 år". The event is in Danish and is organized by Aarhus University, Aarhus People’s University, Aarhus Municipality and is supported by Lundbeckfonden.

Read more about the event and sign up here